Gunther Steiner, head of Haas F1, commented on the results of the race weekend in Zandvoort and talked about the preparations for the upcoming Italian Grand Prix, admitting that the Monza track is not the best fit for the VF-22.
Q: If we recall the events of the last race weekend, then, of course, it should be noted that Mick Schumacher made it to the qualifying final for the fourth time this season. Did it surprise you after the fact that the car was not particularly fast in Friday practice?
Gunther Steiner: We knew that in Zandvoort our car should show itself well, because on this track there are fast and medium-speed corners. In this regard, it can be compared with Silverstone and Spielberg, where we performed quite well.
Mick managed to get the most out of the VF-22 and he did well to make it to the finals. Unfortunately, Kevin Magnussen failed to adapt to the track and show a good result. He was close to it, but we just didn’t have the time. In any case, we know that the car is running efficiently and it only takes a bit of luck to earn points on Sunday. But last weekend we did not succeed, although the qualification went well.
Question On the day of the race, things did not go very smoothly: during the pit stop, Mick had difficulties, and Kevin retired early. How do you react to such incidents when they occur early in the race? Do you still believe that you just have to keep fighting, trying to get better?
Gunther Steiner: Undoubtedly. The management of the team is not going to give up, we always try to make the most of any situation. We almost managed to turn the tide when the virtual safety car mode was introduced and when the safety car entered the track, but by that time we were already too far behind.
Including due to a problematic pit stop: the front jack jammed when the car was raised – this has not happened in all seven years, but now it happened precisely during the Grand Prix. During the weekend we spend from 50 to 100 practice pit stops, but the failure occurred on the day of the race. This is an unfortunate set of circumstances, but we continue to balk at whatever happens and will continue to do so.
Q: Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, the last race of the European phase of the season. Although the characteristics of the circuit in Monza in theory are not very suitable for the VF-22, what does the team expect for the upcoming weekend?
Gunther Steiner: We know that Monza is not the most convenient track for us. High-speed circuits, where high speeds are needed, where a low level of pressure is needed, is not suitable for our car. This year it is difficult for us to fight on such tracks, but the team is working hard, trying to find some solutions with an eye on the next season, and I am sure that in 2023 our form will be better.
Now in the course of these races, we try to get as much experience as possible and collect information for the modernization of the car, so that next season we will do better than now.
We always do our best, moreover, it cannot be ruled out that it will rain in Monza this weekend. We always have to give 100%, and if we know that difficulties await us, then we need to make even more efforts.
Question: In Italy, in Maranello, there is a design department of the team. His team is becoming more experienced and united – how is the work on the 2023 car going? What lessons learned this season are Haas using on this new project?
Gunther Steiner: We organized a design department in Italy at the beginning of last year, starting almost from scratch. In my opinion, the car created for this season turned out to be quite good. The lessons we’ve learned in 2022 are helping us to work even harder in the process of building the new chassis and I think things are running smoother now as the team has come together.
Everyone already understands what needs to be done, and we switched to preparing for next year a few months ago, so now the team continues to learn and is actively engaged in this project so that in 2023 we have a good car.
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